Allergies have emerged as a major public health problem in developed countries during the twentieth century. Australia and New Zealand have amongst the highest prevalence of allergic disorders in the developed world. Approximately 20% of Australians have at least one allergic disease.
According to Oriental medicine the vital energy that is responsible for protecting the body from environmental disturbances belongs to the Defensive Qi. It maintains the integrity of the structures that come into contact with the outside world: skin, the lining of the respiratory system, the lining of the gut and the eyes.When this vital energy becomes weakened or ‘deficient’, foreign substances are allowed to penetrate the body’s barriers, resulting in a series of natural responses that attempt to expel the invading environmental factors.In people with a deficiency of Defensive Qi the body is unable to expel foreign material promptly and a prolonged battle ensues, in which the body attempts to repel the invading substances without success.This gives rise to the unpleasant symptoms experienced by allergy sufferers.
The approach with acupuncture and Oriental herbs is twofold. Firstly, the Defensive Qi requires stimulation and assistance with the expulsion of a pathogenic factor. Secondly, the Defensive Qi itself needs to be strengthened. Regular treatment sessions might support the body’s vital energies in general, and the Defensive Qi in particular to help decrease recurrence and symptom control of seasonal allergies, such as in allergic rhinitis, or other forms of allergies, in conjunction with other medical modalities.
Autoimmune conditions develop when the body's immune system starts to attack our own cells and is often a sign of a long term weakness and imbalance, accumulation of environmental toxins or hereditary factors. Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Grave's disease, Hashimoto's disease, ulcerative colitis and many others, are common examples.
In Oriental medicine, we aim to restore balance to the body's immune system and improve the body's vital energy. Autoimmune conditions are often chronic and complex and need to be addressed from various medical angles. Acupuncture and Oriental herbs may be a supportive adjunct to the management of these conditions.
At our clinic we apply a combination of acupuncture, Oriental herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice to help guide a person along their road to better health.
Ondol Clinic Location: 129 Sylvan Road, Toowong, Q 4066 | Phone: (07) 3371 0100 | Website: www.ondol.com.au | Ondol Oriental Medicine Clinic © 2015 - 2018 | Designed by Roz Stokes Design
Ondol Clinic Location: 129 Sylvan Road, Toowong, Q 4066 | Phone: (07) 3371 0100 | Website: www.ondol.com.au | Ondol Oriental Medicine Clinic © 2015 | Designed by Roz Stokes Design
In Oriental medicine, chronic sinus issues are mainly considered as an expression of a weak Spleen Qi (digestive energy), not being able to transform food and fluids properly, which eventually can cause a so called 'damp accumulation' in Oriental medical terms. This dampness may lead to mucus congestion and inflammation of the sinuses, which in turn may aggravate into headaches, poor concentration and post-nasal drip.
In Oriental medical theory, Lung and Spleen energy are intimately correlated with each other, like a mother and her child. Strong digestive function (mother) leads to strong Lung energy (child). In other words, supporting the digestive system might help regulate the sinuses. Acupuncture and herbal medicine may be a helpful adjunct in assisting with the management of sinus issues.